Linda and Russ Grant make quite a team. The longtime Alameda couple not only work in real estate together, but also they are collaboratively devoted to Alameda philanthropy and fundraising.
Among other charitable activities, Russ Grant is heavily involved in the Alameda Kiwanis Club. He was president from 2005 to 2006, and for the past several years he has played integral roles in the organization’s annual chili cook-off. One year, he organized the entire event, and for the last two years, he ran the concurrent silent auction. Last year, the auction raised $9,000 for charity.
Meanwhile, Linda Grant is heavily involved in the Alameda Welfare Council, and she has spearheaded the Summer Faire Luncheon for the last three years. Last year, the luncheon raised $27,000.
The couple — who recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary — spoke to Alameda Magazine about their giving and, of course, their grandchildren.
AM: What drew you to be more active in the community?
RG: We’re carrying on where [Linda’s] parents left off.
It goes back to when you’re being raised by parents
who have been active in their communities. The importance of giving back was stressed. Linda’s dad was president of the Kiwanis in Alameda, and her mom
was president of what was called the Girls Club, and is now Girls Inc. of the Island City. We see it being passed down to our kids as well. Our grandchildren are fifth-generation Alamedans, on my wife’s side of the family.
AM: What hobbies do you both have?
RG: Digital photography. I used to do film; I had my own darkroom and everything, but I gave that up long ago. It’s mostly vacation stuff, and in my real estate business, I do my own photos when I have listings.
LG: [I’m an] avid mystery reader. My grandchildren are my hobby. We have four; they are 9 and 6, and we have two 4-year-olds.